On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh literally flew into history when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, thus becoming the first pilot to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. This flight made Lindbergh a household name and catapulted him into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. More than 75 years after the Spirit's historic flight, Lindbergh's name still has the power help sell manufactured goods.
Gift of the Stanley King Family.
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 15.2 x 11cm (6 in. x 4 5/16 in.)
The card features a yellow biplane with a man and a woman flying the plane. The man, wearing a flight jacket and cap has his hand on the control stick while the woman who has red hair has her arm around his shoulders. A large scarf is exiting the cockpit behind them. The plane has a large heart on the wing and the text "WE 2" surrounding a smaller heart on the side of the plane. The background is black with white clouds and a small house with smoke coming from its chimney. The airplane is connected to the card by a piece of bent paper that holds it away from the card. The envelope has a flap with glue on its edge.